Prediction for Linfield (Nir) – Celtic (Sco)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.40
Linfield and Celtic meet at Windsor Park in a game for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (2nd Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, since they have never faced before. Attention to the factor home, since the Linfield usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team reaches this phase of the UEFA Champions League (2nd Qualifying Round) after a draw for (0-0) and a home win (1-0) with La Fiorita. This is a team that has curiously been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 games 13 wins and 2 draws as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. The team arrives to this match after a defeat at home with Hearts by (1-4). In the last 10 home games for all competitions, the Linfield won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. His defense has been very solid, having only conceded goals in 3 of the last 10 games, and his attack has marked Regularity, as he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games.
The Linfield arrives at this tie after having eliminated the Fiorita. In this meeting at home coach David Healy should act in the image of the last game, that is, in 4-4-2, privileging the defensive organization and the direct passes towards the attack. Stewart scored the only goal in the first leg of the previous round. Everything indicates that there are no significant absences to register for this game.
The visiting team contests their first game in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. This is a team little affected by the house factor, that is, presents similar results at home and abroad, since in the last 30 games has 12 wins and 3 draws as a visitor, with 50 goals scored and 9 suffered; Against 13 wins and 2 draws in his stadium, with 37 goals scored and 6 suffered. In the last game he played, for the Friendly, won the Shamrock Rovers out (0-9). In his last 10 games as a visitor, Celtic recorded 7 wins and 3 draws. His attack has marked regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
The Celtic enters this eliminatory of the Champions League after having once again conquered the title in the Scottish championship. Usually the technician Brendan Rodgers plays in 4-3-3, privileging the possession of the ball and the attacks paused and with criterion. However, in this game it will be natural for visitors to act more cautious. Griffiths is one of the great highlights of Celtic, being this one very powerful and competent player in the finalization. Everything indicates that the coach can not count on the injured Boyata.
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